Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Garcia Middle School


Principal Helen Johnson greeted us at beautiful Garcia Middle School. What a view, and what an orchestra! The seventh grade percussion group met us in the foyer with a wonderful performance, led by director Javier Ayala.

The xylophone player, Cameron, taught me how to play a few notes on the xylophone. I then asked Cameron how many books he’d read this summer. He told me he’d read ten. I encouraged him to push himself in reading and to make college plans and stick to them. 

After visiting the life skills class of teacher Laura Phillips, we joined the seventh grade Texas history class led by Garcia Teacher of the Year Stephanie Spradlin. The students were putting together a Texas fact sheet. They were discussing facts about Central Texas counties, and they were really engaged in their lesson.
On the way out of the school, I met the Garcia dropout specialist Ray Lopez. He’s working in partnership with LBJ to recover kids. Ray is fabulous and works hard to bring the Garcia dropout count to zero.